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SIMI VALLEY, CALIF.--The Secret Service on Thursday started 24-hour, seven-day-a-week protection of White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D=Ill.)

The Secret Service detail replaces the plain-clothes, private security guards who have been traveling with Obama since he started his run for president earlier this year.

This is the earliest a presidential contender has been given a protective detail since the Secret Service has been protecting presidents and candidates since 1968.

Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said the decision to give Obama a detail came from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff after consultation with a committee--made up mainly of congressional leaders--who assess the threat situation.


I think this is wise. He surely could become a target and deserves to be protected. Hopefully there will be no real need. This country could have decreased the amount of serious mental illness in this country if they had publicized the robust connection between the incidence of autism and schizophrenia with advancing paternal age.

He's gotten his own detail in order to elevate the appearance of his importance at public events. Hillary Clinton's entourage surely gives the appearance that someone important is present. A move made, no doubt, by his campaign manager. With no threat having been made, this is ridiculous. Who's paying for this? Which tax payers should we feel sorry for?

Funny that Les should claim that there are no threats...simply visit some right wing blogs and if the sentiments there are any measure of what some believe in, then one has a credible reason to be concerned. Besides it was a non partisan congressional leadership committee that assessed the risk level. I wonder if Les has constantly and persistently complained in the past during past presidential elections where candidates were accorded Secret Service protection. Besides according to CNN : "The government is not aware of any specific, credible threat against Obama, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the decision. But the campaign has received hate mail, calls and other "threatening materials" in the past and during his campaign, the source said."

i couldn't agree with charly more. the timing...a new consultant on board as well as the republican debate...sends up a red flag.
not only does this further the appearance of power/importance, it takes an enormous amount of pressue off of his advance team (lots of former kerry folk) and there'll be no waiting around airports. it also keeps the media at shouting distance.
now, he'll answer what/when he wants.

Anything that has Commisar Durbin's name attached to it has a stench to it. Obama should know the battle he faces to win hearts and minds. I would suggest losing the Socialist rhetoric that plays only to the far left and minorities. Wait, now I remember. The candidates always move back to the center after winning their party's nomination. If there is any substance to the threats, the man deserves protection due to the fact that he is a U. S. Senator. I would suggest that he declines the Secret Service help unless there is something substantial to give grave concern. Accepting the security otherwise, makes him appear to be just another politician and a timid one at that. America's first black president should set the tone for a new America, one free of racism, incessant cries of racism, and business as usual politics.
I am afraid that Mr. Obama's achilles heels are starting to show.

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